Faculty of Science

Welcome to the Alva Academy Science Department

In S1 and S2 learners study 5 week units of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Science will be 4 periods per week.

In S3 learners will personalise their Science studies into two out of the three Sciences covered over 4 periods per week.

In S4 learners will specialise in up to two Sciences at National 4 or National 5 level with 4 periods per week.

In S5 learners can choose one year Highers or National 5 courses with 6 periods per week.

In S6 learners can choose one year Advanced Highers or National 5 courses with 6 periods per week

Aims of the department

  • Provide pupils opportunities to develop an interest in and enjoyment of science throughout school life, and beyond.
  • Enable pupils to become confident citizens in a technology based society and to make informed decisions about science related matters.
  • Develop practical skills and problem solving skills which are relevant to science courses. These can be transferred to other school subjects and are also useful in everyday life.
  • Improve the ability of pupils to communicate scientific matters in a variety of suitable forms.
  • Encourage each pupil to achieve to their full potential by providing relevant courses and offering support to each pupil that best suits their needs.
  • As a department we aim to promote the sciences, share our enthusiasm for them and link learning to current applications and news stories


The department consists of eight teaching staff supported by a full time technician.

Pupils in S1 and S2 will have four periods of science each week. In S3, the pupils will choose at least one science from biology, chemistry and physics. A second science may be selected from the elective column. Each science chosen will have three periods each week. Pupils choosing science beyond S3 will begin National courses in their chosen science.

In S1 and S2, pupils will study biology, chemistry and physics as part of the Broad General Education. These will be on a rotation and will include the following;

  • Under The Microscope – exploring the world of cells and how they are part of plant and animal reproduction
  • Fireworks – studying how elements, rates of reaction and metals make up the colour and sparkle in fireworks
  • The Great Beyond – looking at space exploration and making predictions about life on other planets.
  • Life On Earth – studying food webs, photosynthesis and mankind’s impact on the environment.
  • Chemistry Is All Around Us – examining acids and alkalis, chemical structures and behaviour of gases.
  • Energy Matters – exploring how energy is used, converted and essential for modern world.

This is only part of the knowledge and skills which are developed in the science department.




Science department areas can be accessed below.

Chemistry department
Biology department
Physics department